Wake up, Caitlin
Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He’s magnetic. He’s compelling. He’s dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else–her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him?
Forgive me for being blunt, but this is not a “stoner” book or one where the author starts talking about the bad effects of drugs halfway through the book and goes completely off topic. However, this book does really teach a great lesson about how bad they are and what they can do.
I hated Caitlin. There was not part to her that I did like. However, I can understand the things she did and why she did them after reading this book. It’s quite shocking, to be honest.
This book, in a nutshell, is raw. I hated both Rogerson and Caitlin, but I did care about them. If that makes sense. There were many points to the story where I wanted to stop reading and would do so for about five minutes but then come back to the story. I think it’s because of the lessons it teaches and the way it teaches them. From the very beginning, you can see the path that Caitlin is going to go down–but then you truly realize, almost as if you didn’t know before, what is really going down.
This book isn’t a happy, sappy, feel-good novel, but it’s exactly what some people need it to be. If you liked SHATTERING GLASS by Gail Giles or BREATHING UNDERWATER by Alex Flinn, then this book might be for you. It wasn’t for me, but I still think that this book is really important and the way that Dessen told this story was really interesting. 3 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 250
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